Job title: SC Cleared Solutions Architect - RITM0736961
Job type: Contract
Emp type: Full-time
Pay interval: Daily
Pay rate: negotiable
Location: South Wales
Job published: 14/01/2022
Job ID: 79955

Job Description



ONS Contingent Labour request

Role Title

Solution Architect x 1

Service Now call reference number


Security Clearance required

SC (Please submit candidates who already hold SC)

Role location

Newport (we are currently working remote however there is an expectation to return to the office in some capacity in the future)

Duration of engagement

6 months

Request issued to framework


Number of CVs


CVs due back

12 Noon 19/01/22

Terms & Conditions




CVs to be uploaded to the INTEND web portal by the deadline specified above. CVs via email will not be accepted.


ONS is the UKs largest independent producer of Official Statistics and is the recognised national statistics institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every ten years. Our statistics help government, businesses and citizens to make informed decisions and choices, based on information they can trust.

ONS also plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics. It is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority.










Description of Requirement:


Working as a collective within an architectural community, Solution Architects are responsible for defining the appropriate reference architecture to enable the delivery of the ONS business and digital technology strategies.


Following a service-oriented approach, Solution Architects identify and define the capabilities, components and services required to meet the functional and non-functional needs of ONS users.

As a Solution Architect you will work closely with both digital service and technology delivery teams, and business transformation delivery teams with responsibility to define the architecture that supports the design, development and delivery of the ONS digital and technology products and services. This engagement will typically be for a specific business transformation area or digital technology service.





Developing an overarching reference architecture which considers the components and services required to implement the ONS enterprise architecture.


Working with delivery teams, develop specific solution architectures for the scope of the project, focusing on user needs and non-functional requirements.


Co-ordinate and work across delivery teams to manage the interfaces between platforms and products in the ONS architecture.


Develop and maintain the appropriate documentation and views required to describe the ONS solution architecture to individuals at all levels.


Act as the technical design authority in delivery, working closely with technical leads to ensure requirements of the solution architecture are implemented and dependencies managed.


Investigate and introduce new technologies, leading rapid prototyping, to provide the necessary capabilities identified in the solution architecture.


Supporting members of development teams in breaking down complex problems and identifying steps towards solutions.


Participate in the ONS architecture community to refine and develop the ONS IT and data roadmaps and strategies.


Engage across government departments to identify potential re-use and support shared learning, evaluate technical proposals from external suppliers, and make implementation recommendations to senior stakeholders.




Relevant Skills and Experience: maximum 6


Desirable or


Experience of developing solutions to meet master, reference and metadata management needs.’


• Architecture design and modelling techniques, tools and standards.


• Application and integration architecture, frameworks, technologies and tools.



• Microservice and API-led architecture and integration design tools and techniques.


• Public cloud services and technology e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, cloud design patterns and tools.


• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies.



Proficient in communicating with delivery projects, senior stakeholders and technical teams to ensure they have a complete understanding of the business and user needs and the overall business architecture


• Delivering solutions that are aligned with key priorities, with ability to develop road-maps and strategies.


• Creation and maintenance of the future operational design and identify the impact on operational services.